Mia Wasikowska travels from "Alice" to "Jane Eyre"

Tue Mar 8, 2011 3:30pm EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even with having a remarkable name and being the face of last year's "Alice In Wonderland," actress Mia Wasikowska may not be familiar to many movie fans.

But the 21-year-old's star has risen rapidly in Hollywood, and she has caught the eye of directors and critics since her career-turning performance in the HBO series, "In Treatment," only a few years ago.

That led her to smaller film roles in 2010's award-winning movies, "Alice" and "The Kids Are All Right." In fact, Wasikowska earned a surprising tie for second with "Alice" co-star Johnny Depp in a Forbes ranking of actors who produced the highest-grossing movie receipts in 2010.

Now she plays the perennial female heroine in another movie adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel, "Jane Eyre," opposite Michael Fassbender and Judi Dench, released on Friday in the United States. The Australian actress talked to Reuters about her meteoric rise and how her paycheck doesn't matter.

Q: You are noted for accents, from various American styles to now, northern England in "Jane Eyre"? Did you practice as a child growing up in Canberra?

A: "I even remember playing dolls in an American accent 'cause for us that was make believe...I think it would be almost scarier for me to do my own accent."

Q: Not so long ago you were in a small soap opera, now, in "Jane Eyre," you are acting alongside the likes of Judi Dench?

A: "It helps not to think of it as too bizarre. It could be easy to get overwhelmed by it. It also helps that I have worked with great people, but they are also really grounded."   Continued...

<p>Australian actress Mia Wasikowska star of the film "The Kids Are All Right" arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California February 26, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>